By JENNY OLIVER
special to the log cabin
75 years ago
The chief attraction to the traveling public in Conway during the long drought has been its city water, according to George L. Bachelor, proprietor of Hotel Bachelor and president of the local Chamber of Commerce. "Give me some more of that good water — I can’t get enough of it" was a request Mr. Bachelor said he had heard over and over at his dining room tables.
"This is the first decent water I have had to drink and bathe in for a month." Conway was fortunate that when the streams were at their lowest stages, it’s water was at its best. The source of supply was Cadron Creek. In high stages backwater from the Arkansas River and headwater from the East Cadron made the water less acceptable, but in low stages almost the entire source of supply was from North Cadron, which was fed by innumerable mountain springs in north Faulkner and Cleburne and Van Buren counties.
50 years ago
Roy Ott Jr. received a doctor’s degree in economics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Ott’s dissertation subject was "Employment Trends in the Textile Industry, 1947-1957." He would become associate professor of economics at Harding College in Searcy.
Renee Skinner celebrated her second birthday with a party at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Skinner, 1623 Duncan St. Guests were Carolyn Johnson, Debbie and Kathy Manning, Donna and Donald Gene Young and Jeanette, Judy, Marilyn and Brenda Skinner.
25 years ago
Advertisement: Ye Olde Rib and Fish — $6.59; In Conway at the North Plaza Shopping Center, across from West-Co and Piggly Wiggly. All you can eat and we don’t charge extra for crablegs! Call 327-0808 or 329-9935.
The Conway Junior High School cheerleaders won several awards at the Cheerleaders Association camp at the University of Central Arkansas. Members of the squad were Lori Baldus, Gigi Allison, Allison Malpica, Amanda Scott, Kristen Sanders, Paige Kerr, Heather Irby, Melissa Williams, Hydi Hyde and Jackie Lofton, captain.
10 years ago
The 1999 Faulkner Country Farm Family of the Year was the Joe Thrash family of Conway. Joe Thrash inherited his love of farming from his father and in turn instilled that pride in his wife, Renee and four children, Benjamin, Austin, Kate and Anna.
The Thrash family lived in west Conway and had a farm in the Lollie Bottoms. The whole family enjoyed walking out in the fields of soybeans and taking care of a small vegetable garden at home. Renee was a daughter of Ralph and Marilyn Worm of Conway.